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Post-Game Notes: Panthers 6, Bruins 2

by Carly Peters / Florida Panthers
Florida won a season-high fourth straight home game, the longest streak since their most recent run of a franchise-record five straight home wins, Jan. 16-31, 2010.

With 81 points on the season, the Panthers moved within two points of the Bruins for the second seed in the Eastern Conference and one point of idle, seventh-place Ottawa.

Florida increased its lead in the Southeast Division to three points over idle Washington. This is the latest in the season Florida has even been in first place, having now been in the top spot for 105 days on the season, including a current run of 20 straight days following a two-goal, third-period comeback in a 3-2 shootout win in Carolina. (Florida is 7-3-1 since that win).

Florida won the season series, 2-1-1, ending a five-game losing streak against the Bruins in Sunrise (0-2-3).

Florida moved to 34-23-13, its best record through 70 games since going 36-24-5-5 in 1999-2000. With 12 games left, the Panthers’ 81 points have already surpassed their full-season totals for each of the last two seasons.

Brian Campbell ended a five-game point drought (tied for his longest of the season) by assisting on Florida’s first three goals for his seventh multi-point game this season (first in 33 games; 0-3-3 Dec. 27 vs. TOR). The Panthers are 6-0-1 when he tallies at least two points this season and it’s his fifth game this season tallying three or more points. He moved back into sole possession of second place for most points among all NHL defensemen this season (4-43-47 in 70 games).

Tomas Fleischmann tallied two assists to take over the Panthers scoring lead with 51 points (22-29-51) in 70 games this season, matching his career high (23-28-51 in 69 games with Washington in 2009-10. He has four points (2-2-4) in his last four games, 13 points (5-8-13) in his last 20 games and 17 points (7-10-17) in his last 24 contests.

Stephen Weiss tallied an assist and then used a goal to net his 50th point (17-33-50) in 68 games this season. It’s his 10th multi-point game of the season and Florida is 8-1-1 when he totals at least two points this season.

Jose Theodore moved to 3-0-1 in his last four games. He’s allowed two goals or less in 11 of his 14 appearances since returning from a four-game absence (knee) on Feb. 12 and is 6-2-1 in his last nine games.

Wojtek Wolski scored a goal to stretch his point streak to four games (1-4-5). He’s totaled eight points (3-5-8) in 11 games with the Panthers since being acquired from the Rangers prior to the trade deadline. Throughout his career, he has performed well after late-season trades: he notched 18 points (6-12-18) in 18 games to end the 2009-10 season with Phoenix after being moved from Colorado and posted 19 points (6-13-19) in 37 games with the Rangers to finish the 2010-11 season after coming from Phoenix.

Marcel Goc netted his 10th goal of the season and has four points (3-1-4) in a three-game poinst streak. He has 22 points (10-12-22) in 46 games this season, including 19 points (7-12-19) in 29 games since returning from a 22-game absence (upper-body injury) on Jan. 5.

Mikael Samuelsson scored the opening goal and added an assist and now has 21 points (9-12-21) in 37 games with the Panthers after netting three points (1-2-3) in six games with Vancouver to start the season. He now has four points (2-2-4) in his last two games.

John Madden netted a goal for his first point in 20 games with the Panthers.

Jerred Smithson tallied to primary assist on Madden’s goal to earn his first point in 10 games with Florida.

The Panthers scored at least five goals for the second straight game and 10th time this season, winning all of those contests in regulation.

The Panthers moved to 27-2-4 when tallying at least three goals this season (including three shootout wins). Florida is 13-0-2 on home ice when scoring 3+ goals, which includes a stretch of 12 straight wins.

Florida has scored the opening goal in four straight games, after a span of allowing the first goal in 12-of-16 games. Florida is 22-2-8 when scoring first this season.

Florida moved to 13-2-3 when leading after the first period and 22-1-5 when leading at the second intermission

The Panthers tied their season high with three goals in the second period, the ninth time they have scored three in a frame this season.

Five Panthers missed the game with injuries, as Florida has now lost 314 man games to injury this season.

Earlier in the day, Florida reassigned defenseman Tyson Strachan to San Antonio (AHL).

Tonight’s BankAtlantic Center attendance: 19,004.

The Panthers close out their four-game homestand when they host Buffalo Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Florida and 560 WQAM.
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